MARIAN ELIZABETH BUSLACH
September 22, 1930 ˜ October 3, 2021
Marian Elizabeth Buslach (nee Hagensen) passed away peacefully at home among family Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at the age of 91. Marian was born to Nis Nissen and Vita Hagensen Sept. 22, 1930, the seventh of 10 children. She was raised in Fern Prairie, WA, and graduated from Camas High School in 1948.
After high school, Marian worked at the local grocery store while saving up for college, and became the first woman in her family to earn a higher education degree. While working, she attended the Vanport Extension of Oregon State University from 1950 - 1952, before transferring to Midland College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Christianity in 1955. She returned to Portland and attended Portland State University, where she earned her teaching certification. Marian began her teaching career at Hathaway Elementary School in Washougal, WA. The following year, she taught at Helen Baller Elementary School in Camas, WA, and, on Nov. 23, 1957, Marian married Fred Buslach. Fred and Marian remained happily married for over six decades, and together had four children, daughters Sally and Betty (Gene) of Camas, WA and sons Kenneth and Joseph (Eileen) of Vancouver, WA. Several years into their marriage, Fred built their family home in Vancouver, WA, and Marian began to teach first grade at nearby Minnehaha Elementary School, where she remained until her retirement in 1990. Throughout her career, Marian was not only an educator but a lifelong learner, eventually earning a master’s degree and hundreds of credits in continued education.
Prior to the unforeseen difficulties of her last few years, Marian was an active person who liked to keep busy_she enjoyed puzzles and games of all kinds, reading, collecting, canning, laughing, and playing sports. Along with her husband, Fred, Marian loved to travel and go camping; she was a longtime member of the Good Sam Club and worked and stayed annually at Holden Village Lutheran renewal center. Marian was involved with her local Lutheran churches and synod for most of her life, working as a secretary and youth leader in her earlier years, participating in weekly services as a reader, giving occasional sermons, and volunteering her time as treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and Council Member at her longtime church, Immanuel Lutheran. Throughout her life Marian centered her family and community, and never hesitated to act in service of others. She was a kind, curious, generous, and playful person who had a unique ability to make others_especially children_feel welcomed, seen, and important. Marian’s warmth and spirit inspired those around her and will live on inside of the people her light shone on.
Marian was preceded in death by her father and mother, seven of her brothers and sisters, and five of her sisters-and brothers-in-law. She was survived by her husband, four children, two brothers, three sisters-in-law, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. For a more detailed obituary, further information, or to leave remembrances of Marian, visit straubsfuneralhome.com
A service for Marian’s immediate family will be held on Nov. 6, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and can be attended remotely via live stream. For more information regarding the service, visit immanuelvancouver.org
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 31, 2021.